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Be the Woman You Want to Be by Elisabeth Wilson, Infinite Ideas

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139. Are you getting enough?

Pleasure is what we’re talking about. Jumping off the hamster wheel of relentless grind energises you very fast indeed.

Here’s a fact: people who enjoy life live a longer, healthier life. The research into why happy bons viveurs live longer, in better health, is still in its infancy, but we’re learning more every day.

One of the pioneers in what is called ‘positive psychology’ was a Yugoslav psychologist by the name of Dr Grossarth-Maticek, who did some studies into 3000 elderly Germans. He measured how often they felt pleasure and then followed them up twenty-one years later. The results showed that the 300 with the highest score (who had the most pleasure) were thirty times more likely to be alive, healthy ...

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